Trees in the South Downs. Photo credit: South Downs National Park Trust.

Trees are incredible.

They give us clean air to breathe, enhance natural beauty, support wildlife and are vital for tackling climate change.

But our treescape is changing because of the impact of pests and diseases – and that’s why we need your help.

Pests and diseases like ash dieback and Dutch elm disease are growing concerns and are threatening a significant number of trees nationally, including on our doorstep in the South Downs National Park.

With more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales, trees form a vital part of the South Downs landscape. So we’re very proud to be supporting a new inspiring initiative called Trees for the Downs. The campaign will look to plant 5,000 trees in community spaces, along roads and popular walking routes.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the South Downs National Park Trust, the official independent charity of the National Park.

The charity needs to raise £61,500 to restore our treasured trees. Trees for the Downs will be planting iconic species including black poplar, oak and disease-resistant elms pioneered by Hillier.

This wonderful initiative will create a lasting legacy, benefiting communities as they watch these new trees grow and flourish in the years ahead.

Make a difference and support Trees for the Downs.

To donate just click here.